By Kristel Satumbaga
(The Arena, San Juan City)
2 p.m. – Motolite vs Air Force
4 p.m. – PetroGazz vs Pacifictown Army
6 p.m. – Choco Mucho vs BanKo-Perlas
Pacifictown Army tries to keep its record unblemished when it faces PetroGazz today in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Lady Troopers gun for a third straight win in their 4 p.m. duel with the Angels and follow up their victories over BaliPure (25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 25-20) and Choco Mucho (39-41, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12).
Army’s experience was evident in that marathon match against Choco Mucho where the veteran troika of Jovelyn Gonzaga, Nene Bautista and Royse Tubino merged for 58 points to steer the squad.
But the Lady Troopers are aware of the Angels’ bid to recover from a 25-19, 28-26, 25-20 loss to the Creamline Cool Smashers over the weekend that gave them their second loss in three matches.
PetroGazz, which won the import-flavored Reinforced Conference last month, will keep on relying on its solid blocking anchored on Jeanette Panaga and Paneng Mercado, but will have to double its efforts on its offense.
Meanwhile, Motolite and BanKo-Perlas seek to ride on the momentum of recent triumphs when they battle separate rivals.
The Power Builders clash with the winless Air Force Lady Jet Spikers at 2 p.m. while the Perlas Spikers collide with the Choco Mucho Flying Titans at 6 p.m.
Motolite currently totes a 2-1 mark after besting BaliPure last Sunday, 25-9, 25-20, 25-19, sharing the day’s spotlight with BanKo-Perlas, which blasted Chef’s Classics, 25-19, 25-21, 25-16, for 3-2.
Myla Pablo and Tots Carlos banner Motolite in the offensive department along with setter Iris Tolenada, with support coming from Isa Molde, Maristela Layug and Ayel Estranero.
BanKo-Perlas, for its part, has Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola in front of its attack.
Air Force, meanwhile, hopes to end its misfortunes after losing its first three matches while Choco Mucho tries to improve its 2-1 mark.